Matches of the group stage at EPICENTER 2019 in CSGO are completed. Team Vitality and mousesports earned direct tickets to the semifinal stage of the tournament, while NAVI, Heroic, Evil Geniuses, and forZe moved on to the quarterfinals. Virtus.pro and EHOME are the only teams that faced elimination, sharing the last 7-8th place.
EG are the next opponent for NAVI
photo courtesy of Epic Esports Events
Day Three of the Moscow championship kicked off with the elimination match between Heroic and EHOME. The Danish team crushed its opponent, dropping only 6 rounds in total: 16-5 Inferno, 16-1 Nuke. After that, Virtus.pro and forZe joined the server. The Kazakhstani squad pulled off a miraculous comeback on Inferno (from 0-11 to 16-13) but was defeated 1-2, nonetheless. It’s worth noting that this is the first LAN for ex-AVANGAR since they joined the ranks of VP.
Later on, Heroic fought against NAVI in the decider of Group A. Earlier in the tournament, Natus Vincere lost to the Frenchmen of Vitality. The Danish five reign victorious on Nuke (16-9) but didn’t manage to overcome its rival on the following maps, Train (6-16) and Inferno (9-16). Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev boasted the best statistics in this series as he averaged a 1.41 rating with 65-39 K-D and 92.0 ADR.
Then, forZe faced off against Evil Geniuses, which was their second meeting at this event. This time, the Russian lineup outperformed its opposition with a 2-1 score: 6-16 Nuke, 16-1 Mirage, 16-10 Inferno. In this Best of 3, the highest level of play was shown by forZe’s captain, Andrei "Jerry" Mekhriakov. He scored a 1.38 KDR and 58 kills (58-35 K-D).
Due to their victories, NAVI and forZe earned higher seed for the Playoffs. On the draw’s outcome, the first squad was set to play against Evil Geniuses, and the second one found themselves on the same side of the bracket as Heroic. The quarterfinal matches are scheduled for December 21.
Five highest-rated players in the group stage of EPICENTER 2019:
- #1 | Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut — 1.64
- #2 | David "frozen" Čerňanský — 1.32
- #3 | Cédric "RpK" Guipouy — 1.24
- #4 | Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev — 1.21
- #5 | Denis "electronic" Sharipov — 1.19
Matches of the Playoff stage will be held in Crocus Expo Hall, on December 21-22. Six remaining teams will fight within the bracket of Single Elimination Bo3, where the eventual winner will earn $250,000 of prize money.
You can follow the news on EPICENTER 2019 in CSGO on our website. Schedule of the upcoming matches is available in our viewer’s guide. The live stream of the Moscow championship can be found on the event’s page.